Posts Tagged ‘DUI Task Force’

2013 Holiday DUI Emphasis Patrols Are NOW In Effect In Snohomish County!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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Don’t say you haven’t been warned. The DUI emphasis patrols, led by Target Zero officers, are now in effect this holiday season.  For the official press release see:

Now that the holiday parties are in full swing, think about a plan to get home that does not involve driving while impaired.  Washington State has tough DUI penalties, so it is best not to put yourself in a position to get arrested. However, if you are arrested for a DUI this holiday season and you want to discuss your DUI consequences with a DUI Lawyer in Washington State, feel free to contact my office at 425.422.5818  to set up an initial in-office DUI consultation.  Mark W. Garka


Holiday DUI Patrols in Effect This Holiday Season

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Called the “Arrive Alive on I-5″ campaign, highway patrols from Washington State to California are out to catch drivers drinking and driving this Thanksgiving weekend.  Be forewarned –  the Washington State Patrol is out looking for drinking drivers. While the legal limit is .08 in Washington State, they will arrest individuals who are below the legal limit if the officer thinks they are under the influence of alcohol.  Remember that in Washington State, having more than 5 nanograms of marijuana (THC) while driving under the influence of marijuana will also land you in jail and your car will be impounded.

If you are arrested during this holiday season and need to defend a DUI in WA or even beat a DUI, feel free to contact my office for a free initial in-office consultation. Call 425.422.58158 to set up an appointment as soon as you can.

Drive Hammered Campaign Nails 1600+ in August DUI Sting

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Were you one of the many people arrested in the August DUI crackdown?  If you were, you were just one of many people arrested for DUI in August.  August  is considered the deadliest month on Washington roads and over the summer police agencies conducted the “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” campaign to clamp down on DUIs.  With funding from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, increased police patrols resulted in 1600 arrests between August 17th and September 3rd.

The Seattle Times reports that 364 of those DUI arrests occurred in King County alone:

While in Snohomish County, the Arlington, Marysville and Tulalip Police Departments joined last year’s participants in an effort to slash the occurrence of Snohomish County DUI’s. For more information see: .  According to one report, 155 people were arrested in Snohomish County alone, see,

This campaign was organized and supported by the Washington state Target Zero teams. Find more information about them here:

DUI punishment in the State of Washington can be severe, so if you have been arrested for DUI, talking to an experienced DUI attorney can help you in winning your DUI case in Washington State.

If you find yourself in a position where you need legal advice for a DUI in Washington State, call Mark W. Garka at 425-422-5818.

WARNING: DUI Patrols In Effect For The End Of Summer

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

DUI emphasis patrols are now in effect for King County through the Labor Day weekend. Warning. Don’t Drink and Drive!

For more information, see:

If you find yourself in a position where you need legal advice for a DUI, call Mark W. Garka at 425-422-5818.

Summer is Here! So are the DUI Emphasis Patrols…

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

With summer officially here and the Fourth of July Holiday rapidly approaching, Washington State and local law enforcement will be highly visible as they launch a statewide campaign to remove impaired drivers from the road. More than 25 law enforcement agencies will take part in the increased enforcement, including King County’s and Snohomish County’s dedicated Target Zero DUI teams. The Target Zero DUI Teams will have an increased presence and focus on roads where drivers are most at risk for being hit by an alcohol-impaired driver. To see a map of the targeted areas in Snohomish County, please visit:

Whether you are staying in for the Fourth of July Holiday or going out, be safe and plan ahead.  The best way to avoid a King County WA or Snohomish County WA DUI is to not drink and drive.  If you decide to consume alcohol this Fourth of July, plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.  Please either appoint a designated driver or keep the number of a taxi company on hand.

For more information on Target Zero Patrols, see my previous blog post:

Have you been accused of DUI and are not represented by counsel?  You need the help of an experienced Snohomish / King County DUI attorney.  Please don’t hesitate to call my office with questions about the WA State DUI process, or any other questions you may have.  You can reach me at (425) 422-5818 or visit my website at  Mark W. Garka

Possible New DUI Penalties For Driving With Minors In Your Car?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Washington State laws regarding Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are some of the strictest in the country, and they may be getting even tougher.  A DUI Task Force meeting recently discussed several proposals aimed at increasing the penalties for an array of DUI related offenses.  Most notable is a proposed increase in penalties for people who are convicted of DUI with children in the vehicle.

The specifics of this proposal are not yet known; however other states have made similar proposals that increase the penalties for DUI if anyone in the vehicle, other than the driver, is under the age 16.  The presumption is that the minor does not have the option of not getting into the vehicle with the intoxicated person.

In Washington State you can currently be charged with Reckless Endangerment (in addition to DUI) if you choose to drive intoxicated with another person in the car.  So, the increased penalties for driving with a child in the car would likely be increasing the potential jail time and fines for a DUI charge in addition to any other charges the State decides to file.

If you have any questions about your Seattle DUI case, and are not represented by counsel, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (425) 422-5818 or visit my website at Mark W. Garka